2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
I bought the car 5 days ago so I can't yet speak for the reliability and the quality. But so far its a great car to own. I bought the car stripped except for the alloy wheels. But stripped the car has just about all I need. The 8 speaker stereo is great. The car rides very comfortable, it hugs the road, and the 5 speed manual is about the smoothest I've ever driven! There is some road noise mainly from the 16" tires as at a full stop in traffic the engine is very quiet. Also the AC/heat tends to get loud when cranked up but hey, the car cost $15K. My biggest problem is with the 2.5L engine is avoiding a ticket!
2.5L engine, responsiveness, smooth ride, cost. MPG is not as bad as many suggested. Drove every day to work this week. More than half tank left. Usually with my old Acura I would need to fill up by now.